Recent moves to possibly test a long-range missile may be aimed at grabbing US attention.
Like the 'Asian tigers' before it, China is pushing into higher-end manufacturing and innovation.
An economic stimulus package clause raises concerns of repercussions by US trading partners.
At least 34 countries have plans, worth a total of $2.25 trillion.
US output fell 3.8 percent at the end of 2008, but exports slid at a 20 percent rate.
This week, the Imperial Household Agency curtailed the emperor's activities amid rising evidence of stress in the royal household.